Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
Membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association has set another record, increasing by 2% in 2019 to more than 95,000.
The organization, which represents about 3 out of 4 U.S. veterinarians, has realized membership growth every year since 2011, when the number dipped to 82,686.
The AVMA has added more than 1,500 veterinarians to its rolls in 2019.
“We’ve made it a top priority to seek out new and better ways to provide value to our members at all stages of their careers, and I think we’re seeing veterinarians respond to that,” said AVMA President John Howe, DVM. “This accomplishment is a testament to the dedication and passion of each and every one of our members who have shown their commitment to the profession and the association, and who continue to lend their increasing strength and unified voice to help improve animal and human health through the practice of veterinary medicine.”
Janet Donlin, DVM, who became executive vice president and CEO in 2016, said AVMA members today are getting even more value out of their $360 annual dues. (Recent graduates pay $180.) She pointed to the launch of the Axon digital education platform, improved advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and the return of the AVMA LIFE health insurance plan, among other offerings.
“The AVMA recognizes the tremendous commitment our members have made to the association, and we will continue to work every day to return that commitment by making sure we provide the tools and resources they need to perform their work and advance their careers,” Dr. Donlin said.